And the (writing) beat goes on…


You know what I’ve been going through for the past few months, but what do I have coming up in the next couple of months? 

Right now, I’m working on an essay about The Walking Dead‘s Michonne. I have enjoyed going back through a few select episodes and reliving her journey from a quiet, isolated warrior to Rick’s voice of reason and the backbone of our favorite group of survivors. I have been a regular contributor for The Learned Fangirl throughout the year and I enjoy every working with the amazing editors.

Of course, I always have something related to Doctor Who up my sleeves. I’ll be a guest on a podcast this month and we are going to cover a verrryyyyy interesting Bill Potts episode. Can you guess which one? 

Orion’s Chains is still my priority and I’m hoping to have some Stranger Things pieces on the way too! I’m slowing down a bit as the year closes and making sure my emotional health comes before anything else. 

I hope the rest of your week is grand 💕

-Tai Gooden

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Breaking Chains and Beautiful Music

Happy Wednesday! 

This week has gone by fast. I’ve been working on my novel Orion’s Chains and I have officially mapped out my entire story. I am doing bios for each of my major characters and doing some research to bring a little fact into my fictional world. Orion’s story takes place in the future and on another planet so I have the creative license to make my own rules and societal structures. 

If you have kept up with my posts, then you’ll know that I’ve been reading The Four Agreements. I admittedly haven’t gotten too far in the book, but the first chapter has been an eye opening experience. The author discusses how we are domesticated like animals from the time we are born and taught to accept and respond to the dreams and truths laid out in our worlds before we were born. We are indoctrinated into these “truths” and we quickly learn that when we go against the grain we will be punished in some way. I’m assuming that the book will help to break some of those chains (pun intended) and help guide me toward spiritual freedom. I think Orion’s Chains will take a lot of cues from The Four Agreements

As I work on my book and another project, I have been putting together playlists to correlate with my writing moods. I plan to share them here when they have filled out properly, but right now I’ll tell you a few albums that are inspiring me right now: 

  • Sabrina Claudio: Sabrina is a new artist and she just released her first full length album. About Time is a soothing R&B experience and Sabrina’s voice is addictive. 
  • Solange: A Seat at the Table is the album of my life. It feels like Solange took every thrilling, heartbreaking, frustrating, and liberating moment of my life and wrapped all 30 years into a musical masterpiece. If I ever meet her, I’ll make sure I thank her for feeding my soul.
  • Sango: I guess I have a think for S names. Sango released North in 2013 but I just discovered it this year via a Twitter pal. I can play the whole album without skipping a track and it helps me get into a futuristic mindset for my book.
  • Stranger Things Soundtrack: Aaahhhh the 80s. I love volume one of this soundtrack. It’s synth heavy, haunting and brilliant. 

What are you listening to this week? Let me know 💕 

-Tai Gooden 

Keeping Up With Tai Gooden

Hellooooo My People!

I have had so much going on lately. First, I had to say a tearful yet joyful goodbye to Necole Bitchie. I was a contributing writer on her popular celebrity blog and she made the tough decision to move on from her blog. I miss writing for her and emailing back and forth with her every day, but I am ecstatic about her decision to pursue happiness. Through her struggle to leave NB behind, I received yet another confirmation that I am doing the right thing by leaving a predictable life behind and diving into freelance writing.

I have also been busy picking up extra work with HelloGiggles, The Mary Sue, and others. It’s been a whirlwind, but I am so grateful for it. I also had the honor of being mentioned on a podcast not once but TWICE. Verity Podcast is an all women-run show that focuses on all things Doctor Who, and they mentioned my article on The Guardian about how to combine talent and fandom love to make a little cash. If you remember…that was the article that caused a bit of backlash toward me so it was good to hear someone say they liked it LOL! They also mentioned my fledgling blog Bad Wolf Blerd. It was definitely an exciting moment, so listen to the podcast!

Next up is a trip to San Diego for business outside of freelance writing, a possible press appearance in Maryland at Intervention Con in August, and then a panel appearance in November. I’ll tell you more about the November event as it approaches 🙂

Have a great weekend!

-Tai Gooden